While Quentin Tarantino prefaced his comment by saying he wasn’t trying to pick on anyone, it’s likely hard to feel that way if you’re Ryan Reynolds.
During a recent interview with Deadline, Tarantino was talking about how streaming movies don’t exist in the zeitgeist and name-checked Reynolds as an actor making movies that “almost don’t even exist.”
“I mean, and I’m not picking on anybody, but apparently for Netflix, Ryan Reynolds has made $50 million on this movie and $50 million on that movie and $50 million on the next movie for them. I don’t know what any of those movies are. I’ve never seen them. Have you?” Tarantino said.
“I haven’t ever talked to Ryan Reynolds’ agent, but his agent is like, ‘Well, it cost $50 million.’ Well, good for him that he’s making so much money. But those movies don’t exist in the zeitgeist. It’s almost like they don’t even exist.”
Of the six films that Reynolds — one of the biggest draws in Hollywood these days — has starred in since 2021, four have been streaming films, with the most recent of which being a cameo role in the widely reviled AppleTV+ bomb Ghosted (the others being Red Notice, The Adam Project, and Spirited).
Looking at Reynold’s recent filmography, it’s difficult to disagree with Tarantino’s point as none of those films are even thought about these days, let alone discussed.
Reynolds’ next two projects, however, should be much bigger hits, as he’s set to star in the blockbuster fantasy comedy IF, the next film from The Quiet Place director John Krasinski, and is currently in production on Deadpool 3, which will feature the return of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.
As for Tarantino, he’s gearing up to begin production on his “final film” The Movie Critic, which is set to begin production this fall. According to the legendary director, he’s looking to cast an actor in the ballpark of 35 years old that he’s never worked with before.